Christmas Wrapping…

3. Christmas Wrapping... |  © Little Bits of Sheffield | SP1000049

“Bah Humbug, now that’s too strong!
‘Cause it is my favorite holiday
But all this year’s been a busy blur
Don’t think I have the energy
To add to my already mad rush…”    Listen HERE

Facts About Christmas Waste

  • 300,000 tonnes of card packaging is used at Christmas; enough to cover London’s famous landmark, Big Ben, almost 260,000 times
  • 1 billion cards end up in the bin, when they could be recycled
  • The amount of wrapping paper used for presents is enough to wrap around the equator 9 times
  • 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away
  • 6 million Christmas trees are discarded every year
  • 250 tonnes of Christmas trees are thrown away after Christmas, when they could be used for compost
  • Approximately 2 million turkeys, 74 million mince pies and 17.2 million Brussel sprouts are thrown away every Christmas
  • 13,350 tonnes of glass are thrown out in the UK after Christmas.
  • Over the festive season the UK creates 30 per cent more waste than usual, including two million turkeys and six million Christmas trees


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  1. Yes, I believe so. How accurate such statistics are I’m not sure although it is perhaps still meaningful for all of us to consider the impact of the commercialisation of Christmas. I’m afraid this years series of Christmas images aren’t very cheery but rather than overlook the difficult subjects at this time of year I at least like to take a glance in their direction. Last year I ran a series of photographs concerning the plight of the ever increasing numbers of people who are sleeping rough in Sheffield. That situation has only worsened in the last twelve months. I think Christmas brings a lot of social, political, and ethical issues to the surface and we can choose to ignore them or start a conversation about them. I’ve no idea if my photographs will start a conversation. They certainly don’t paint over the problems as if they don’t exist – which in itself is perhaps another problem caused by the commercialisation of Christmas.
    On that less than uplifting message let me at least sign off by wishing you the very best for the festive season and a very happy 2019. Thank you for sharing your work through the year – always very inspiring 🙂
    Best wishes
    Mr C

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